Tang says ID rap on cards for cops

Local | Angel Kwan 23 Jan 2020

Disciplinary reviews are under way for police officers accused of failing to show their warrant cards during operations, according to commissioner Chris Tang Ping-keung.

Responding to questions by mostly pro-democracy councillors when attending a Tsuen Wan district council meeting yesterday, Tang said he agrees it is their responsibility to show their warrant card, number or operational call signs when feasible.

"It is wrong for them not to show such information without a reason," Tang said, adding that the force is conducting disciplinary reviews.

He admitted the force "might have done something wrong in individual cases" during the ongoing unrest.

It was the second time Tang has attended a district council meeting, during which he was slammed by councillors on the police' performance while handling the unrest.

He stayed for 2 hours and left at about 5pm, after which the district officer also left.

Earlier in the day, pro-democracy district council chairs and vice-chairs demanded a cash handout of HK$10,000 for all residents in a meeting with Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po.

Despite boycotting the meeting with Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung this month, representatives of 17 pan-democrat-controlled districts attended the meeting with Chan and Secretary for Home Affairs Lau Kong-wah.

Sham Shui Po chairman Yeung Yuk said the handout suggestion was made as teenagers were often ignored in government relief measures.

Cash subsidies were also sought for employees of sectors affected by the unrest, like catering and logistics.

They also demanded subsidies to clean schools and nursing homes affected by tear gas during the seven-month unrest, as well to buy protective gear for cleaners and the elderly who work or live near areas that have seen lots of protests, like Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei and Tsim Sha Tsui.

Regarding district officers walking out from meetings, pan-democrats also suggested to Chan that all district councils have their own independent secretariat, instead of the current home affairs department arrangement. Yeung said they were disappointed, as Chan did not respond to demands. He questioned Chan's sincerity in taking on their suggestions as the budget will be announced next month, "which did not leave much room for him to make changes."

They demanded Chan attend district council meetings to gauge the opinions of councillors.

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